Partner presence in the emergency department and adherence to daily cardiovascular medications in patients evaluated for acute coronary syndrome.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Stressful health situations may compromise spouses'/partners' ability to provide patients with support. We tested whether partner status/partner presence in the emergency department (ED) were associated with patients' adherence to daily cardiovascular medications and whether effects differed by age/gender. Participants were 189 patients evaluated for acute coronary syndrome at an urban academic ED (MAge  = 62.18; 57.1% male; 58.7% Hispanic). Participants self-reported partner status/partner presence. Medication adherence was measured using an electronic pillcap. For male patients, having a partner was associated with increased adherence in the first month post-discharge, OR 1.94, p < .001, but having a partner present in the ED was associated with lower adherence, OR 0.33, p < .001. The opposite effect was evident for female patients. Partner status/partner presence in the ED are associated with medication adherence during the first month post discharge, with opposing effects for male and female patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cornelius, T; Birk, JL; Bourassa, K; Umland, RC; Kronish, IM

Published Date

  • June 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 402 - 410

PubMed ID

  • 31997128

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7234891

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3521

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-7715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10865-020-00139-0

Language

  • eng